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March 22, 2018

A Soggy Welcome To Spring.....

 

Hello Monarch Family:

We are in the throes of March Madness in more ways than one.  In the traditional sense, it’s the month of college basketball’s annual tournament, and this year has been a wild one.  I can’t remember a time when so many brackets have been blown out of the water so early in the tournament! And, as you can imagine, I am bummed that the PAC-12 did not make a better showing….but, there is always next year!   On a different front, according to the calendar, Spring has officially arrived but it’s hard to tell with the rain we have had this week.  It has been a dry winter, so we definitely need the rain, but I am also ready for some warm, sunny weather.

The arrival of Spring also means that it’s time for our Above and Beyond Awards, recognition of employee years of service, newly-tenured faculty, new employees, and the TAE Apple Awards.  We are going to have ice cream as we always do, but this year, we have renamed the event the Employee Appreciation Extravaganza (PDF) and chosen Mardi Gras as a theme.  Prizes will be awarded for the best costume, and there will be a Mardi Gras mask decorating contest.  If you would like to participate, please come by my office to pick up a plain mask.  I can’t wait to see all of your creativity on Tuesday, May 8, 12:45-2 p.m., in Monarch Hall!  Please also consider nominating a deserving staff or faculty member for an Above and Beyond Award!  Attached you will find a description of the five categories (PDF) and the nomination form (PDF).  The deadline is Monday, April 23rd, and I really hope y’all consider nominating one or more colleagues for an award.

I have also attached a letter to Senator Holly Mitchell and Assemblyman Phil Ting from Larry Galizio, CEO of the Community College League of California, regarding the current budget proposals (PDF). As I noted in my February email, the new funding formula being discussed would change how we are funded from one based on the number of students enrolled in classes at census to one where 50% of our budget would be based on enrollments, while 25% would be based on the demographics of the students we serve, and 25% based on success or the number of degrees and certificates completed.  Whether this new funding model or another model will be with us on July 1st is anyone’s guess, but it’s clear that changes are coming within our system, especially in terms of a greater emphasis on student success and completion. As recently as this past Monday’s Board of Governor’s meeting, though, there was concern about how to implement what would amount to “performance-based funding” without damaging districts that serve a higher proportion of under-prepared students and smaller, rural colleges. Likewise, Governor Brown’s proposal for the 115th fully online community college is being hotly debated, and it’s unlikely that a final decision will be made in time for the 2018-2019 academic year because the issues are quite complicated.  As details become available, I will certainly pass them along.

While I know the week of April 2nd-6th is Spring Break, we will be hosting the Board Meeting on April 4th, with the Open Session starting at 2 p.m. If you happen to be on campus, please consider stopping by to check out the fun.

It’s time for office hours in the Tree House again:

There is a jar of candy waiting for visitors!

LAVC has once again earned its Tree Campus USA designation, and I hope to see all of you at our Arbor Day Celebration on Thursday, April 26th  where we will, once again, plant at least four more trees….details to follow!

Finally, this past Saturday, LAVC and the Music Department officially became an All-Steinway Piano School, and the LAVC Foundation kicked off its first-ever fundraising campaign to fully fund the final four pianos that were purchased through a lease-to-own program, in addition to establishing an endowment to ensure the proper maintenance of the pianos. The goal of the campaign is to raise $1.5 million, and it got off to a great start with a special reception and an amazing All-Steinway School Celebration/Benefit Concert that featured the Valley Symphony Orchestra, the LAVC Wind Ensemble, the LAVC Chamber Singers, and College Choir.  Very few community colleges have earned this status, and the only other Los Angeles-area community college All-Steinway Piano School is College of the Canyons, so this is a major achievement for LAVC’s Music program.

So, try to stay dry today, and remember to think about nominating someone for an Above and Beyond Award!

Thanks,

QOTTH

Erika A. Endrijonas, Ph.D.
President
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA  91401
818-947-2321
Email:  endrijea@lavc.edu
Twitter:  @LAVCPrez

Download a copy of President Endrijonas Campus Email - March 22, 2018 [PDF]; Attachment: 2018-2019 CCLC Budget Letter [PDF], Employee Appreciation Extravaganza 2018 Save the Date Flyer [PDF], 2018 Above & Beyond Category & Criteria [PDF], Above & Beyond Nomination Form 2018 [PDF]

 

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